Boat of the Year 2019

Winners named in Cruising World's annual sailboat contest.

Boat of the Year 2019: A Variable Fleet


Monohulls, catamarans and a trimaran too! In a fleet dominated by some of the world’s largest high-volume production boatbuilders, 22 boats from six nations gathered along the shores and on the waters of Chesapeake Bay to compete in the model year 2019 edition of Cruising World’s coveted Boat of the Year awards. When the spray had settled after sea trials conducted in breezes both light and boisterous, a worthy selection of winners in eight separate categories were crowned. Topping the list of champions was a pair of overall winners for 2019: The Island Packet 349 is the Domestic Boat of the Year, and the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490 is the Import Boat of the Year.


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The Winners